Coach may not be a hardened veteran of the collaboration game but they’re making inroads: recently, they let bloggers take a crack at it and now they’ve asked Anna Sui to interpret the brand’s Duffle Sac, an evergreen style that dates back to 1972. Here are some quotes from Sui herself and Coach’s honcho Reed Krakoff, who have some things to say (expect “iconic” to be used). First Krakoff:
“The idea was to work with an iconic American designer that had an affinity to Coach and Coach’s heritage. When I think of her and her accessories, I think of these amazing leather goods shops from the Sixties and Seventies with these amazing Whipstitched bags and hand-burnishings, and so it was a great fit. And she was great fun to work with.”
Sui said, “Coach’s iconic Duffle handbag represents such a significant part of their history. It’s truly an honor to put my own spin on this seminal design. The Anna Sui version adds a boho feeling with Whipstitching, big tassels and appliquéd Art Nouveau dragonflies.”
Sui’s design will come in two versions, which we’ll all get a look at during her NYFW show on Wednesday. The bags will launch at select Coach boutiques and online in the fall.